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Ville Leino #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates into Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings in a game on January 2, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Flyers won 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has not stopped spending - forward Ville Leino was his latest acquisition on Friday afternoon.

The former Philadelphia Flyer, who scored the overtime winner that knocked the Buffalo Sabres out of the NHL playoffs last spring, signed a six-year, $27-million contract with the Sabres. This came a day after Sabres general manager Darcy Regier signed defenceman Christian Ehrhoff for 10 years and $40-million.

Leino, 27, had 53 points for the Flyers last season and was pursued by several teams. But they were not ready to match the Sabres' aggressive offer of $4.5-million per season.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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